Hands-on with the Archos 405 and DVR dock

We've got our gadget on with the brand new Archos 405 portable media player. If it was a member of the opposite sex, we'd consider looking twice in the bar. The question is, would we persuade them to come home with us?

We reviewed one of our favourite gadgets of 2007 earlier this month -- the all-sexed-up Archos 605. It was quite literally the most bootylicious piece of tech we'd seen all year. However, for those of you who can't afford the class 'A' model, the cheaper, stripped-down version sells for half the price but with half the spec. This younger sibling goes by the name 405.

The Archos 405 is a small and portable multimedia player, with an 89mm (3.5-inch) colour screen and superb sound quality. Initially you may be disappointed about the 2GB internal memory capacity, especially since there are no other capacities available. But don't be disheartened, media freaks -- Archos has built support for SDHC into this baby. That means you could theoretically shaft the player with a 32GB SD card and store thousands of MP3s, heaps of pictures and a plethora of video clips.

Take ten such cards with you on holiday and enjoy a third of a terabyte of media during your trip.

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